The Ruby Recovery Program 2.0

Please help us give Ruby a second chance to fight cancer.

The Ruby Recovery Program 2.0 is Ruby’s best shot. Her only shot.

If anyone can beat this it’s Donna and Ruby.

Can you help? Even the smallest donation will make a difference and give Ruby the best chance of survival.

Please help if you can. We would love to reach our goal within the next two weeks as Ruby needs our help immediately. 

Many of us probably know the story of Ruby (the Chocolate Labrador) and Donna (her devoted human guardian). Some of us have seen Ruby bouncing along on three legs and stopped to ask Donna the story. Or as friends, we were there as this story of courage, determination, and honestly – pure love – unfolded. For those of us who don’t know, this is what happened.

Ruby was diagnosed with osteosarcoma (a form of bone cancer) in August 2015, just after her fifth birthday. Despite Donna’s initial efforts to support her with natural therapies, a month later her front right leg ‘broke’ at the tumour and had to be amputated. On the vet oncologist’s recommendation, Donna reluctantly began Ruby on a chemotherapy regime to give her any chance of life extension beyond the then two year maximum prognosis. But then that October she had a small, masal cell tumour removed from her hip and in November the cancer had presented again on her lungs. At that point, her prognosis was revised and she was given just six months to live.

Anyone would have given up at this point, but Donna – being the strong, determined and fiercely loving woman that she is – ceremoniously and studiously told cancer to f*** off. She extensively researched alternative approaches, and developed a combination of natural therapies including anti-cancer nutrition and natural medicines for Ruby.   Donna’s novel approach to Ruby’s cancer fight, which she termed the ‘Ruby Recovery Program’, aimed to work alongside the conventional approach of surgery and chemo.

Many of these approaches were considered ‘experimental’ or ‘unorthodox’ , but Donna isn’t afraid of much, and neither is Ruby. They left Sydney together in a van and headed off into the proverbial sunset – leaving behind a high paying job, stability and the vet(!). Donna’s hope was to take Ruby on a last hoorah, and give cancer the biggest run for its money possible.

In May 2016, rather than Ruby succumbing to the cancer as expected, they could no longer find it and after a year of still being cancer free she was evaluated as being in ‘stable remission’, beating the odds to live way past her prognosis. The sceptics amongst us would say it’s perhaps too easy to attribute this recovery to Donna’s tireless dedication in providing Ruby with nutritional therapy, alternative medicines and non-conventional support. But these approaches – the type usually shunned by doctors –  are in fact what Ruby’s oncologist says probably made the difference. They call her the wonder dog at the Sydney hospital where they treated her because they could not believe she could be in remission and credit the Ruby Recovery Program as likely being the key difference and deciding factor in Ruby’s remission and life extension.

Since Ruby’s against-the-odds remission Donna has been helping countless other dog lovers whose dogs are diagnosed with cancer, spending hours on the phone almost daily giving nutrition and natural medicine advice, counselling and comforting them. For free.

She says she “wants to be the person on the end of the phone that I wish I could have called”.

Now Donna and Ruby need our help.

On Friday 16th January 2018 – symbolically Chinese New Year of the Dog (and the Brown Earth Dog at that) – Ruby was diagnosed with a malignant spindle cell tumour in her chest. It’s 10cm in diameter and 8cm long, pressing on her aorta, lungs and oesophagus. It is probably a metastasis from the original osteosarcoma. Ruby has started some chemotherapy, but the vets aren’t confident that it will help much. They’ve said we have about months or weeks.

Donna has resolved to fight the cancer once again. Against all odds once again. Using unconventional, yet increasingly proven, therapies once again.

To not give up. Once again.

The Ruby Recovery Program 2.0.
This time Donna is giving Ruby a ketogenic diet (high fat/low carb) that aims to switch the body into ketosis a state which keeps the body and healthy cells energised, while starving the cancer.

This ketogenic program has best results when coupled with repeated hyperbaric oxygen therapy treatments and chemo.

As a responsible dog owner Donna has pet insurance for Ruby which covers 70-80% of the cost of the conventional treatments, but the novel therapies, natural medicines and nutritional needs are for Donna to cover.

This is where Donna, and Ruby, need our help.

Over the years Donna has been there for many, for most of us. If someone needs help or is in crisis Donna is frequently the rock or helping hand. A few years back she even put on a burlesque, rock n roll circus to raise money for a friend’s cancer treatment and later, after her passing, did it again to raise money for an arts and music school for orphans in Sierra Leone in her name.

Can you help? Even the smallest donation will make a difference and give Ruby the best chance of survival.

We’ve set up an account #gofundme

The Ruby Recovery Program has already helped numerous dogs with cancer (and their humans) to change their diet and get on a natural medicine support program to maximise their chances for returning to health. Donna has even created some ready-made products of the unique nutrition and natural medicine combinations she made for Ruby. Every part of their experience has been recrafted into helping others on their cancer journey.

The goal is that the Ruby Recovery Program 2.0 will also have success and be a learning beacon for all. This approach is having great results in the US at a place called Keto Pet Sanctuary. They’ve been rescuing dogs with cancer and bringing them back to health with this unconventional and non-toxic program.

It’s Ruby’s best shot. Her only shot.

If anyone can beat this it’s Donna and Ruby.

Please help if you can.

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